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Escanaba Daily Press (Newspaper) - April 6, 2015, Escanaba, MichiganDaily 6, 2015www.dailypress.net 75 cent Escanaba Mich. Your local news Leader vol. 107 no. 21 Good afternoon Wayne Lancour thank you for subscribing to the daily press d eath Scheck us out online in is d e classified 5-7b news 3a,5a,7a comics 4b lifestyles 6a opinion 4a obituaries 5a sports 1-3b,8b local jobless rate declines Escanaba the jobless rate has declined both in the local area and the upper Peninsula according to statistics released by the Michigan department of technology management and budget. In Delta county the jobless rate was 7.8 per cent in february a decline from 8.3 percent the previous month. The unemployment rate was 10.9 percent a year ago. In Schoolcraft county the jobless rate declined slightly from 11.5 percent to 11.3 percent. Data was collected before the announcement that Maisti ques paper Mill would be closing. The unemployment rate was 14.8 percent a year ago. In Menominee county the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent. It was 6.1 percent the previous month and 8.3 percent a year ago. The unemployment rate in the upper Penin Sula declined in february to 7.7 percent a drop of 0.5 percentage Points from the january rate of 8.2 percent. During february All but one of the upper Peninsulas 15 counties posted Small unemployment rate decreases. Monthly rate declines ranged from -0.2 of a percentage Point in Schoolcraft county to -0.7 of a percentage Point in Menominee and Kew Enaw counties. The february jobless rate edged up Only in Mackinac county 0.3 of a percent age Point. The lowest unemployment rate in the upper Peninsula during february was reported by Menominee county 5.4 percent followed by Dickinson and Marquette counties at 5.9 and 6.4 percent respectively. The highest unemployment rate in Michigan in february was recorded by Mackinac county at 20.8 percent. Above average rates also occurred in Schoolcraft county 11.3 percent Alger and see rate on Page 7a at a glance area unemployment rates Delta county 7.8 percent Schoolcraft county 11.3 percent Menominee county 5.4 percent upper Peninsula 7.7 percent source Michigan department of technology management and budget the Hunt is on voter forum planned for Gladstone City races Gladstone a candidate forum featuring candidates for the Gladstone City commission will be held on wednesday april 15, from 7 to 8 30 . At the Gladstone City Hall 1100 Delta ave Gladstone. The forum will begin immediately following introductions and Wel come by the Moderator Shannon Taylor. Four candidates Are seeking two partial terms ending nov. 7, 2017 Joseph Maki Hugo mat tone Joe Thompson and Steven Viau. Dave Nemacheck is uncontested for the partial term ending nov. 3, 2015. The forum will consist of opening statements audience questions and closing statements. Wdbc-680 radio will provide coverage and charter communications will re broadcast the forum on Channel 188 on april 20 at 3 ., april 30 at 2 . And May 4 at 2 . The City of Gladstone will Post the forum to their website within 24 hours of the program. It can be accessed by going to and clicking on the link to City see forum on Page 7a Holly Richer daily press the new life Assembly of god Church in Escanaba was packed saturday morning As a free Community easter egg Hunt took place. Participants were divided into three age groups to Hunt for More than 10,000 eggs. Above children Ages Zero to preschool take a turn searching for eggs in the hallways of the Church. At left four year old Jaden Nordquist hands his Mother Anne Robinson eggs he found while his one year old sister Janessa looks on. Each easter egg was filled with Candy or a number for one of 125 available prizes. Most of $1.2b in new funds would go to local roads Lansing a if voters agree to raise taxes for Michigan nos deteriorating Road and Bridge sys tem 61 cents of every Dollar would go to local agencies that say the Money could gradually restore roads to respectability within a decade. The Large funding increase at the local level phased in Over three years would include $491 million More to 83 counties and an additional $274 million to More than 500 cities and villages according to the nonpartisan House fiscal Agency. Local officials say the Money would help tackle Long deferred Road work promote longer lasting fixes instead of Short term patches replace aging plows and Salt trucks and beef up dwindling Road com Mission employee Levels. In the grand rapids area More than one third of Kent count yes Pri Mary roads Are in poor condition double from a decade ago. Almost 90 percent of roads were in Good or fair condition then now just two thirds Are. Its a pretty dramatic drop. We used to spend probably double what we do now on Road improvements said Steve Warren managing director of the Kent county Road com Mission. The states primary account for roads and Bridges the $1.9 Bil lion Michigan transportation fund is funded with state fuel taxes and vehicle registration taxes. Proposal 1, the one percentage Point sales tax hike up for a statewide vote on May 5, would trigger higher gasoline diesel and vehicle taxes to boost Revenue in the fund by More than $1.2 billion on an ongoing see roads on Page 7a proposal 1 by the associated press the wording of proposal 1, which will be decided in a special Michigan election on May 5 a proposal to Amend the state Constitution to increase the sales use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent to replace and supplement reduced Revenue to the school Aid fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on pub lic roads and to give effect to Laws that provide additional Money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the Gas tax and vehicle registration fees. The proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate sales use taxes on gasoline diesel fuel for vehicles on Public roads. Increase portion of use tax dedicated to school Aid fund saf. Expand use of saf to Community colleges and career technical Educa tion and prohibit use for 4-year colleges / universities. Give effect to Laws including those that see wording on Page 7a wording of Michigan nos proposal 1 at a glance the Large funding increase at the local level phased in Over three years would include $491 million More to 83 counties and an additional $274 million to More than 500 cities and villages. Source House fiscal Agency if you go what Gladstone City commission candidate forum when wednesday april 15, 7 to 8 30 . Where Gladstone City Hall 1100 Delta ave Gladstone look for the forum will consist of opening state ments audience questions and closing statements. Fast fact the City commission election will be held on May 5 with the polls open from 7 . To 8 . Ralph v. Cook Gladstone. Sandra Sandy june Lafleur Escanaba. Mary Elizabeth Lorraine Guay Legault Gladstone. Pat Micheau Escanaba. Theodore ted Smith Cornell. Mary Jean Timler Gladstone. Page 5a

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